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A princess and her prince charming gliding along the dance floor, a military man courting his little girl, a mother and son showing off their best moves, these were all scenes on the dance floor of the Cinderella Ball this morning at Matt Arthur Elementary School in Kathleen.

"He's having so much fun. He loves this. And he picked out his own outfit and everything. Made sure he looked really good," Penny Coombs said about her son Riley.

This mother and son duet had no shame as they did the twist and tore the house down.

"Anytime with my kids is fun. He's been looking forward for this for a while," she said.

Teachers and parents took their time to plan the event.

Since last semester, parents joined efforts with teachers to make sure the kids had the bash of their life.

All the food, decorations and cleanup were left to parents and volunteers.

As for these moves, the teachers were the dance instructors.

"Between lessons we would just get up and do one of the dances. That would just give them some time to have some activities in between sitting down and learning," Monica Woods, a first grade teacher at Matt Arthur.

While the students are having a blast, this was all still part of their lesson plan.

The kids study fictional characters throughout the year, and the ball rounds up the segment.

"We tell them that they're going to be just like the prince and princesses in 'Cinderella.' So as a result of that, we decided that they would have crowns," Woods said.

And every boy and girl in the room did wear a crown.

All 140 first graders learned six dance routines for the ball.

Check out photos from the Cinderella Ball:

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